LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Misty Lynn Guillory would be 21-years-old had her life not been violently cut short six years ago August 21, 2003.
"We know that she had left her home to go visit some people, in the course of that she met up with some people - complete strangers," explained Lake Charles Police Sergeant Mark Kraus.
Kraus says it's believed that 15-year-old Misty snuck out of her house on that August night and hitched a ride. It would be a ride that would end at the 4200 block of East Prien Lake Road.
"We have evidence at the scene that suggest some type of physical altercation occurred. We believe that Misty Guillory left that road, began walking on Prien Lake Road," said Kraus.
Misty wouldn't get far though. About a mile or so later detectives say the same car that picked her up -- ran her over. Her lifeless body was found lying in the gravel moments later by a passerby.
"These people we believe intentionally ran this little girl over and the night she died on that roadway. We as a police agency and a community have an obligation to her and to her family to somehow right that wrong," said Kraus.
Police say compelling evidence found at the scene that night would lead them to three suspects. After a month long investigation 28-year-old Nolton Joseph, 18-year-old Jason Winford and 17-year-old McKartney Young were all arrested on second degree murder charges in Misty Guillory's death. However, the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office decided not to move forward with the case.
"Through the course of their investigation and looking at the prosecution phase, they were concerned about the lack of evidence and the case was temporarily dismissed pending additional information," explained Kraus.
Temporarily on hold, but definitely not forgotten as the search for information and answers continues.
A reward is being offered in this case. If you have any information, you're asked to call Lake Charles Police at 491-133 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.